Gene Hackman Overview

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Born: January 30, 1930

The elder of his parents' two children, Gene Hackman was born at the onset of the Great Depression in San Bernardino, California, and raised in rural Danville, Illinois. His father left the family when Hackman was 13 by driving away without a word - just a casual "so long" wave from the driver's seat. In high school, Hackman mostly kept to himself when not at the gym, where his height made him a natural for the school's basketball team. Feeling pressured by his mother to be a father figure... See All

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